Chariton River Bridge

Arranged for Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-d Tuning

In both DAA and DAd tunings, this melody by Malacha Hall is an excellent one for learning a tune by ear and by eye, for using jumps and neighbor notes, recognizing patterns and sequences, grouping notes together to play phrases, smoothly sliding through long, linear melodic lines to create musical phrases.  Paying attention to skipping the notes that are not in a phrase, and noting creative (unusual) melodic phrases are also taught.

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. The Story and Shape of the Tune Malacha Hall has provided us with a marvelous tune that is good for teaching some learning skills, as well as commemorating a special location from her life.  Here we map out the shape of the tune.
2. Learning the A Part The A Part of the tune is bounded by the 2th and 9th frets and moves in some predictable ways which helps for learning by both ear and eye.  In this episode we learn the first part of this section.
3. Learning the B Part The second part of this tune makes use of “sequences” which are short musical patterns that repeat but start on a new note.  This can sometimes be the more accessible part of the tune to learn first.
4. Adding Chords In this segment we learn the placement of the chords in this three chord song.
5. Playing a Chord/Melody Version Now that we know a drone version and some chords, we combine them to create a chord/melody version of the tune.

PDFTablature
  • D-A-d Tuning
AnimationAnimations
  • D-A-d Tuning: Part A
  • D-A-d Tuning: Part B

For Mobile Devices

  • D-A-d Tuning: Part A
  • D-A-d Tuning: Part B
Music GlobeExtras
  • The story behind Charlton River Bridge

  • MP3 rhythm back-up tracks


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